The 2021 Authorized Nomads Present Information

I did my first ever vacation present information for vacationers a number of years in the past, which was enjoyable to compile. Readers appeared to benefit from the varied objects, and I used to be glad to share a number of the merchandise that accompanied me on the street. This 12 months, I wished to do one thing just a little totally different.

For starters, my life is a little totally different – one thing all of you already know. Because of this, my very own items to household and associates aren’t souvenirs from far-away locations, however enjoyable issues I’ve found on-line. I wished to share a few of them right here, particularly as many are small companies like myself.

The objects under are from artists that I’ve supported, a few of whom I’ve really met, and they’re all merchandise I stand behind.

Artwork and jewellery items

Some stunning objects to make your personal.


When trying to find a present for my mum’s birthday final 12 months, I believed I might do one thing just a little totally different. I appeared for an artist who might illustrate our household with an attractive border after which ship her a printed copy for her birthday.

I’ve by no means commissioned this type of present earlier than, and Rebecca – the artist I selected – was affected person and sort, and we went backwards and forwards a number of instances till I used to be glad. She even agreed to make my brother as depicted, carrying his favorite martini t-shirt.

customized family illustration gift

I used to be ready on this present information till my mum obtained her present, and she or he cherished it!

Rebecca’s full store right here, and be aware that she’s going to do other forms of designs as properly, like Save the Dates for weddings, vacation playing cards, personalised child blankets, and extra.


I’ve adopted Michael Buchino’s whimsical phrase work for a while on Instagram, because it combines two of my favorite issues: studying, and artwork. His Insta feed, Lexigraphique, is a kind of accounts that I ship to a number of associates many instances per week.

Earlier than this information went up, I wrote him to ask if he had any vacation objects I might embrace, and fortunate for all of us he was nearly to launch the hygge playing cards under.

hand drawn holiday cards hygge lexigraphique
(c) Michael Buchino 2021

You should buy his prints and these cute vacation playing cards in his Buchino store, right here.



These earrings are chrome steel, quirky, and a enjoyable solution to put on one of the crucial essential elements of the physique in your ears. I anticipate many, “is {that a} tree?” questions, to which you get to say, “nope, it’s BRAINS!”

You should buy them right here.


Anne Connell’s store is a surprise to behold, chock stuffed with paper items designed — as she notes on Instagram and on her web site — with an “absurd consideration to element” She lists herself as a precisionist, and it’s simple to see why. Her paintings is meticulous, delicately crafted, and really distinctive.

I discovered her botanical card collection first, and clapped my arms with glee. As somebody making an attempt to get out in nature throughout temporary spurts of respite from bedrest, they had been a breath of contemporary air. Her constellation playing cards, that includes every of the zodiac indicators, are a transparent crowd-pleaser. I’ve put these two sorts of playing cards under however truthfully it’s price heading to see her full store.

I notice these are listed as playing cards, however I feel they’re frame-worthy all by themselves.

detailed botanical cards PictrixDesign
(c) Anne Connell 2021

Her full store right here.


lunette vulva earrings in wood

I’ve written about how a menstrual cup has been one of the crucial helpful objects for a solo feminine traveler to carry, and this 12 months they’ve added a enjoyable light-weight jewelry choice in wooden. I purchased these for myself, and completely love them.

They’re adequately subtle to not scream VULVA to anybody you meet, they usually’re in my favorite color. Figured I’d add a second physique half to this information 🙂

Earrings here, and a necklace choice right here.


Nicola is a long-time Authorized Nomads reader, and a fellow lawyer and traveler. She has generously shared chicken illustrations and different enjoyable to maintain me cheered up after I’ve been down. She’s additionally a really proficient artist, and her playing cards and different objects are wealthy in puns and joyful artistry. 

Nicola’s work jogs my memory of the kids’s’ books I cherished most, with inventive characters, maps, and eccentric animals. A proficient hand-brush lettering artist, she additionally consists of a whole lot of drawn typography in her work.

From a grumpy owl to a festive sheep, you’ll be sure you discover vacation playing cards to your tastes. And one among my absolute faves is her wedding ceremony card under, “Of all of the fish within the sea” — pleasant.

nicola allen art grumpy owl 2019
(c) Nicola Allen 2021
nicola allen art festive sheep 2019
(c) Nicola Allen 2021
nicola allen art wedding card 2019
(c) Nicola Allen 2021

Nicola’s full store is right here.


I’ve had the pleasure of assembly Jess, the genius behind Birdstrips, in particular person twice. She’s at present in Montreal, and a pal launched us simply earlier than I re-leaked final summer time. Her illustrations have grown an enormous following on Instagram as a consequence of its relatable messaging, and her captions that accompany the drawings are uncooked and susceptible. Collectively, it’s highly effective work that makes nearly everybody really feel heard.

In Jess’ phrases, the store includes “the existential misery of the flightless via the eyes of the flighted.”

birdstrips whimsical bird art
(c) Birdstrips 2021birdstrips tshirt

You may take a look at her photographs and decide up mugs, shirts, prints and extra, right here.


JP and Mike Andrews, two brothers from the UK are an Instagram favorite of mine. I typically share their photographs with my neighborhood as a result of their eye is exclusive, and their footage compelling. Like me, they completely like to journey. Not like me, they specialise in photographing weird, aerial photographs our planet utilizing drone pictures.

Their aim: to share views of the world in any other case unseen, captured from a vantage level most of us miss. An excellent present choice for many who like to roam.

Right here’s one I really like from them: Skyline, a drone {photograph} of a freighter that appears like a cityscape.

abstract aerial art prints
(c) Summary Aerial Artwork 2021

And this aerial view of a seashore made me smile:

abstract aerial art prints
(c) Summary Aerial Artwork 2021

Their full gallery store right here.


Jason Markow, aka TEKSTartist is an artist I discovered a number of years in the past, and was hooked instantly. His work combines each conventional and digital media, a fusion of strategies that lead to elegant but crisp merchandise. On condition that my very own merchandise are typographic representations of meals, I really like that his artwork consists of quotes he’s loved over time, visually represented in distinctive methods.

One among my favourites: this flower, “Your Backyard, Without end” obtainable right here, created by warping and twisting the phrases from Tennyson’s well-known quote – “If I had a flower for each time I considered you…I might stroll via my backyard eternally.”― Alfred Tennyson

tekstartist art word art
(c)TEKSTartist 2021

And the merchandise under, The Giving Tree, was created by warping/twisting the phrases from all the set of textual content from Shel Silverstein’s iconic e book “The Giving Tree”. Purchase a replica of the paintings right here.

TEKSTartist word art
(c)TEKSTartist 2021

Full store right here.


These illustrations of birds with curse phrases sayings are all the trend on Instagram and Twitter, for good purpose: they’re hilarious. Crafted by Aaron Reynolds, they do appear to offend some, however because the title suggests precisely what they’re it’s laborious for anybody to be upset. Don’t like them? Shut the tab.

Personally, I discover them precisely what I want, every day.

effin birds mug
effin birds tshirt

Clothes, mugs, pins, and extra right here, plus an Effin’ Birds e book and a 2022 Calendar too.


I’m excited to share the brand new tote baggage within the Authorized Nomads store. Beforehand, I provided a canvas, bull-woven tote of the maps, with the map printed on one facet. These new tote baggage are black and white – and if individuals like, I may also swap out the handles to make them crimson or mustard! – and the design is printed on either side.*

The brand new tote has sturdy handles and holds as much as 44lbs, excellent for errands and/or carrying a laptop computer and not using a laptop computer bag. Meals maps of Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, Italy, and Mexico obtainable.

food art maps tote bag
(c) Jodi Ettenberg 2021

Store the brand new totes right here. The complete store is right here. Use code TOTESAMAZING for a 15% low cost till December eighth, 2021


Given my love of nature, it’s no shock that I additionally love jewellery that depicts it in design. I noticed these gold leaf earrings not too long ago and ordered a pair as my vacation present to myself. They’re light-weight — nice for anybody with complications — and they’re delicate and simply so fairly. I just like the distinction of the gold with the emerald inexperienced stud within the ear.

If leaf earrings aren’t your factor, Mica additionally has necklaces, rings, and different earrings in a wide range of styles and sizes. They’re light-weight and delightful, and oh so inventive. Her jewellery is hypoallergenic and nickel-free.

Purchase the identical gold leaf earrings that I really like right here, with Mica’s full store right here.


My pal Celeste is just not solely an excellent journey author, but in addition runs an environmentally-friendly Tahitian pearl firm, Kamoka, that adheres to the strictest ranges of sustainable farming on the planet. Their pearls are from oysters grown within the nutrient-rich lagoon of Ahe Atoll, 300 miles northeast of Tahiti, with electrical energy equipped by photo voltaic and wind energy. And in case you wanted extra convincing about supporting their enterprise: a Nationwide Geographic examine discovered that their farming strategies helped improve the world’s fish inhabitants lately.

As with my former present information, I wished to incorporate their Mana Bracelet. At $99, it’s sturdy and delightful. Celeste stated that this bracelet was initially crafted for surfers. Now, it’s one among their greatest sellers for lively individuals who need an attractive pearl bracelet with out worrying about fragility. The adjustable band is made out of kangaroo leather-based (the strongest leather-based on the planet), and is a superb alternative for the modern wanderer and the lively fashionista alike.

Tahitian pearl bracelet gift
(c) Kamoka Pearls 2021

For one thing just a little extra delicate (and fragile!), I really like this white Tahitian keishi pearl ring, offset with a crescent to characterize the solar and the moon. Keshi pearls are glad accidents, small nuggets which are created as a by-product when the pearl grows and not using a nucleus, or rejects the bead nucleus because it grows.

I really like that Kamoka took these often-discarded objects and made one thing stunning out of them.

white tahitian pearl ring
(c) Kamoka Pearls 2021
  • The Mana Bracelet is on the market right here.
  • The White Tahitian Pearl Ring is right here.
  • Kamoka’s full store, with pendants, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and extra, is right here. Their vacation sale is on now, with 20% off.

Sensible Items for Well being and Dwelling

Some further concepts for this vacation season.


wine wands low histamine for wine

I used to be sceptical of those, however they actually do work for me throughout the occasional time that I’ve a glass of wine. On account of an inflammatory immune situation referred to as Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (I’ve written about it elsewhere on the weblog), wine is a rarity. However these wands make a glass one thing I don’t react to anymore, which has been nice.

Purchase them right here.


Best SAD lamp for winter months

I exploit a SAD lamp within the winter months when in a colder local weather. As the times shorten, it’s simple to really feel the winter blues. These Verilux lamps are inexpensive and use LED lights, and are an increasing number of moveable over time. They solely model I’ve used for years.

Purchase them right here.


These tiny earbuds don’t play music or audio from the cellphone, however have noise cancelling know-how. They’re the world’s smallest for this objective, and are constructed to be snug for sleep—together with for facet sleepers. I used to be involved they’d match, however they arrive with an XS earbud measurement that’s excellent for me.

Purchase them right here. Black Friday sale on earlier than the 2021 holidays.


I’ve been utilizing these sneakers for nearly a 12 months, and I can’t see myself going again to anything. With a spinal CSF leak, I can not simply get right into a pair of sneakers, or tie my very own laces. Previous to discovering out about these from a pal, I used an extendable shoe horn to get into my sneakers with ease.

Not anymore!

Now, the shoe itself is sufficient. Kizik’s patented know-how in all of their sneakers includes a inbuilt “spring-back” motion making them simple to placed on and take off. I exploit the Cairo girls’s shoe (above) as a result of I wished essentially the most sturdy assist that they had. They’ve a more recent operating model (the Atlas) or lower-profile types just like the Vegas or Prague which are additionally nice. Actually simply relies on what you wish to put on!

Many readers have bought these already, and love them—I get a lot of emails about it. So have associates who broke a leg, or are pregnant and might’t attain their sneakers, or are disabled like me. I’m not an envoy for them, I simply love the sneakers as a result of they’ve helped my high quality of life and are snug to put on.

Utilizing my hyperlink will get you $20 off a brand new pair of sneakers, and you may test them out right here.


food crayon from montreal

These are a Quebec product, and tremendous enjoyable. They’re concentrated flavours in a “crayon” that comes with its personal sharpener. You may add the shavings to spice up any meal, or cocktail, with a wide range of flavours. Made by hand, they’re all vegan and gluten-free, and at present provide 24 flavours.

Purchase them right here. They ship exterior of Canada, too.

For readers who requested easy methods to assist me throughout this vacation season, one of the best methods are through my Patreon (come be part of us! there are birds!), or through a one-time assist choice.

Thanks as at all times for all of the love!


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